I’m craving some beach time! Not only is summer great for relaxing, family trips, and downtime at home, the break in schedule allows time to involve your kids in summer camps. Whether it’s a camp to enhance their learning, feed a particular interest, strengthen athletic skills, or just trying to avoid too much unscheduled time and demands for more video games, summer camps can be a great part of your summer plans. Here are some ideas to get you started.
At the Y, there are a few camps for summer fun – From day camp and overnight (resident) camp to family camp and specialty camps for differently-abled or special needs kids. The overnight camps include three great properties in San Diego County -YMCA Camp Marston in the mountains for summer adventures, YMCA Raintree Ranch exclusively for horseback riding near Julian, CA, and YMCA Camp Surf on the Pacific Ocean. Traditional camps offer outdoor fun and quality supervision. Activities develop social skills, team work, self-esteem and an appreciation for the environment. Many camps include a weekly field trip, recreational swim, indoor and outdoor games, nature activities, arts and crafts and special events.
With so many resources in beautiful Balboa Park, it will be difficult to choose a summer camp there. Whether your child is interested in chess, theatre, dance, snakes, dinosaurs or something else, the summer camps at Balboa Park offer a variety of hands-on classes, camps and seminars. Balboa Park summer education programs begin in mid-June and continue through August. Dates, times, and prices vary by institution. Registration already began in March, so don’t delay!
Children’s Museums –
Both the New Children’s Museum in Downtown San Diego and the Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido offer summer camps. These camps encourage kids to create through project-based learning and fun. Games, stories, art and more are offered through these engaging camps.
Both the Zoo and the Safari Park have incredible camps where kids can learn and experience the world of animals behind the scenes. Both day camps and overnight camps are offered. The Zoo also has Family Art Camp where professional artists and art teachers give art instruction with the animals as models!
Sports Camps –
So many options in sports, it is hard to narrow down the many camps available. One favorite is the water sports camps available at Mission Bay SportsCenter including paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, and more. Swim lessons are always an important life skill and fun class to take. Try Floaties Swim School in both Poway and Eastlake. How about golf? The Torry Pines Junior Golf Course offers summer camps taught by PGA and LPGA professionals. Karate? Check with your local martial arts businesses and find out about their summer offerings. Same with gymnastics. If Rock Climbing is of interest, try out Mira Mesa’s Mesa Rim Rock Climbing Camp. Obstacle courses, team building games, yoga, and of course, rock climbing, make for an adventurous summer camp. Whatever sport your child is interested in, you can find a camp through your local recreation center, a university or check into private companies.
Is technology your child’s love? Try out the Tech Summer Camps at UCSD. In its 14th year offering summer camps, these camps offer a good balance between the fun creative games and life skills of technology with the important STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.
This is just a sampling of the many summer camp possibilities. For a more complete list, visit this website. Also watch some of the local coupon sites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Yipit, etc. for summer camp deals going on now.
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